|Mustangs Take Advantage Of Early Gifts|
A week before Christmas, Southwestern College of Arizona was in a giving mood Friday evening and The Master’s College women’s basketball team was all to eager to accept in an 87-51 mauling of the Eagles in the NCCAA West Regional Classic at Simpson University in Redding.
Taking advantage of an eye-popping 38 turnovers, the Mustangs improved to 7-2.
Twenty-two of those turnovers came in the first half as the Mustangs rolled to a 45-20 halftime lead. The first of those led to a pair of Ella Joines’ free throws in the first minute and the Mustangs never trailed. The Eagles did catch the Mustangs at six-all but a Lena Rivera three-pointer following a turnover triggered an 18-0 run that turned the game into a rout.
The Eagles never got closer than 11 points (26-15) and the margin reached 20 when Zoe Scott’s bucket made it 41-20. It was the middle part of a half-closing 8-0 run that gave the Mustangs a 25-point cushion at the break.
Rivera’s perfect half (4-4 from the field, 5-5 from the line) led to 14 points while Theresa Brown pitched in with 12 more. The Mustangs shot 47% from the field in the first period while the Eagles managed just 32%.
It was more of the same over the final 20 minutes. Scott’s three-pointer gave the Mustangs a 50-20 lead and they never led by fewer than 26 points the rest of the way. The Mustangs led by a game-high 39 points twice, the first (69-30) on two Kaylynn Martin free throws and the second (84-45) on a Kimmy Iverson trifecta.
Brown paced four Mustangs in double figures, tossing in 20 points. Rivera added 16 points while Erica Inge and Scott had 10 apiece. Inge dished out a game-high seven assists while Morgan Schwegler grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Mustangs finish up their weekend in Redding with a game against host Simpson on Saturday evening.